PEOPLE

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ALISON MURRAY (MACINTOSH)

Assistant Professor
PhD University of Cambridge

My research bridges the disciplines of biological anthropology, kinesiology, and engineering in order to better understand (i) the evolutionary mechanisms driving trends in human phenotypic and musculoskeletal diversity, and (ii) the functional and energetic implications of this variation. To do so, my work combines the study of human skeletal variation in the archaeological record, the experimental study of living humans, and musculoskeletal computer modeling.

Twitter @ali__murray

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HELEN KURKI

Associate Professor

PhD University of Toronto

I am a biological anthropologist whose research centers on morphological variation in recent humans and the evolutionary, cultural, and developmental mechanisms that have produced it, as a means of understanding the processes of hominin evolution and adaptability in general. My main approach to this research is through analysis of functional anatomy and skeletal biology in humans, using both traditional osteological methods and 3D modeling of the skeleton.

Twitter @anthrokurki

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STEPHANIE CALCE

Senior Lab Instructor/Adjunct Assistant Professor

PhD University of Victoria

I am a biological anthropologist and I study age variation in the human skeleton. My research looks at factors that affect the rate of bone remodeling in adults, such as osteoarthritis at varied skeletal joint locations, which I study in both living humans and archaeological populations through 3D imaging and traditional osteological approaches. This research improves our ability to estimate age-at-death from bone's physical appearance and investigates the process of skeletal aging in both
the past and present.

Follow this link to my personal webpage.

Twitter @Count_Scapula

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SARAH-LOUISE DECRAUSAZ

Limited-Term Assistant Teaching Professor
PhD University of Cambridge

I am a biological anthropologist and I study the human skeleton and human growth. My research focuses on the human pelvis - how its growth interacts with the development of muscle and fat tissue throughout puberty and into adulthood, and how this may impact childbirth in living humans. I work with medical imaging, clinical health data and traditional osteometric methods.

Follow these links to my science communication YouTube channel, Humans in 5 and to my personal webpage.  

Twitter @sldecrausaz

Twitter @Humansin5

 

STUDENTS

MARLA MACKINNON

Thesis title: ‘Human skeletal variation: Adaptive responses during growth of the bony pelvis’

PhD Candidate

RAE DIAS

Master's Candidate

Thesis title: ‘Climbing as a selective pressure shaping the human gluteus maximus: An investigation using musculoskeletal modeling’

VICTORIA STUART

Thesis title: TBD

Master's Candidate

MARINA MA

Project title: 'Soft-tissue decomposition in coastal clay environments'

Honours Student

DANIKA MORPAK

Honours Student

Project title: 'The influence of developmental parameters on  body size and composition: An analysis of sex differences in life history trajectories'

ISABELLE RUTHERFORD

Project title: 'Shape change in the metaphyseal region of the proximal femur during growth: Plasticity or constraint?'

Honours Student

LINDSEY WARSHAWSKI

Project title: 'Primates and humans in shared landscapes: A biocultural approach to primate conservation'

Honours Student

JENA BJOLA

Project title: 'High-velocity sharp force trauma: An experimental study using modern archery equipment'

Directed Studies Student

 
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COLLABORATORS

 
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JOSH GILES

University of Victoria Department of Mechanical Engineering

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LESLEY HARRINGTON

University of Alberta Department of Anthropology

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DANNY LONGMAN

Loughborough University School of Sport, Exercise and Health Science

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BENJAMIN OSIPOV

Postdoctoral Fellow
UC-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

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JAY STOCK

Western University Department of Anthropology

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CARA WALL-SCHEFFLER

Seattle Pacific University Department of Biology

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JONATHAN WELLS

University College London Great Ormond Street Institute for Child Health

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DARLENE WESTON

University of British Columbia Department of Anthropology